Mnangagwa allies declare war in Midlands

HARARE - The Zanu PF faction backing embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions has apparently gone berserk in the Midlands — as the ruling party’s deadly factional and succession wars continue to escalate.

Interim Midlands chairperson Tapiwa Matangaidze told the Daily News yesterday that since many of Mnangagwa’s top lieutenants were booted out of the party last week, the political climate in the province had become very tense, amid reports of heightened intimidation targeted at those perceived to be against the Midlands godfather’s presidential ambitions.

“They have militia which they call Al-Shabab. Gold panners are being forced to join them and to pay them money that is being used in terror campaigns. The gold panners are being victimised and living in fear.

“These people must stop their actions. They even threatened me after our last provincial meeting but I am not intimidated. I am ready to confront any rogue elements in the province.

“This Al-Shabab group of thugs must know that we are ready to fight for our president (President Robert Mugabe). My coming in as chairman has exposed their evil deeds and they also know that my appointment as the chairman will end their political survival,” Matangaidze said.

Contacted for comment, Zanu PF national spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said the party was investigating the Midlands fiasco, amid reports that Team Lacoste was setting up parallel party structures in the province, after losing power.

“We are investigating the matter regarding the issue of parallel structures in the Midlands province,” he said circumspectly, without giving further details.

As the ruling party’s succession wars turn increasingly nastier, the Midlands province — which is Mnangagwa’s stronghold — is among the worst affected in the country.

The VP’s regional supporters are vowing that they will not go down without a spirited fight, with parallel structures being set up at all levels and officially splitting the party into two in the troubled province.

Indeed, as Matangaidze was announcing the party’s decision to sack many of Mnangagwa’s trusted allies last week, including July Moyo, the Midlands godfather’s regional allies were openly mobilising their followers, creating their own structures.

“It’s war here. For every G40 structure, there is now a parallel Team Lacoste one, and vice-versa. Our worry is how this will be resolved going into 2018,” a regional party official said.

Comments (11)

all for the love of mnangagwa,what a shame

truth - 24 March 2016

police should stop all political meetings in midlands.It seems zrp midlands is also lacoste in their doing.Action should be quickly taken to avoid civil war and a total collapse of zanu pf.Completely overhaul local government and central government structures in midlands.All meeting should be sactioned through presidents office and zrp.Defaulters shoud be arrested and sleep in cells for a will.

s. mudengu - 24 March 2016

Personally i dont like mnangagwa for his evils,bt i find him better than the G40

Benito - 24 March 2016

Lacoste or G40 Mudengu these are good indicators that people are not happy. If my history is right this should be the worst division in ZANU PF since 1963. In just two years we have several groupings from the same party. As an individual I don't know Lacoste or G40 but people want a new candidate for the old party. Some of you people surprise me that you are going to look for Mugabe's grave in future to represent you. Why is it that munoda kuti mombe yave dore ifire pajoko danga rakazara nemajon'osi arikutoshaiwa chokuita. In relay there is need to give the stick to the other members of your team if you run all the four sections on your own you will be disqualified. This is exactly what your president is doing. He ruled when he was middle aged, and when he was old around 70s and now he is too old he is still leading aaa. Give the chance to others.

gwenhoro - 24 March 2016

VaMnangagwa mwana wezhira hatingaregi vabvakure anaGire nanaKasukuwere vachida kuwisa Cde mumusha kwavo zvavakaita kuna Mujuru . Sevana vezhira tirikutsigira mwana wedu Shumba Mrambwe

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 24 March 2016

Every democratic party, has features of stability since all members have the right to contest for the top sit. Look at the autocratic leadership, things falls apart

Makondo - 24 March 2016

since my appointment as chairman.........when the constitution of the party is clear a chairman is elected....and worse still that Matangaidze guy was not expected to take over from Chivamba McKenzie aripo....anywae am not surprised this is ZANU PF wat wld u expect??/

gnomic - 24 March 2016

Please leave the vp, the president has done another blow to his ambitions by leaving Mphoko acting president. iam afraid the March deadline to tb 's prophecy is near. if the prophecy was on Zimbabwe, then Mphoko will take over mugabe. think about it. unluck ngwena

siamoya t - 25 March 2016

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